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Immigration bribery case is still plunder; bail denied

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:41 PM

A plunder complaint requires a minimum of P50 million. The NBI under former justice secretary Aguirre only recommended charges of graft because of the supposedly missing P1,000.

NOT MISSING. The Sandiganbayan finds that the the total P50 million was not missing P1,000, contrary to the earlier claim by former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

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Apr 11, 2018 - 1:36 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Wally Sombero: 'I think I'm safe with police'

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Is retired police colonel and alleged Jack Lam middleman Wenceslao 'Wally' Sombero batting for detention inside Camp Crame?

FORMER COP. Wally Sombero voluntary surrenders to incoming PNP chief Oscar Agbayalde and CIDG chief Roel Obusan at Camp Crame on Wednesday, April 11. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-immigration execs in Jack Lam bribery case detained

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Al Argosino and Michael Robles are accused of accepting P50 million in exchange for the freedom on undocumented Chinese nationals arrested in an online casino in Pampanga in November 2016

PLUNDER ALLEGATION. Former Immigration deputy commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles are facing plunder charges for allegedly accepting ₱50 million in exchange for the release of 1,316 undocumented Chinese nationals arrested during a raid in Clark, Pampanga, in November 2016. Photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ex-immigration officials in bribery scandal charged with plunder

Mar 23, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Former immigration intelligence chief Charles Calima is cleared

EX-IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL. Former immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino faces the Senate probe into alleged corruption at the Bureau of Immigration in January 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate recommends bribery, plunder charges vs ex-immigration officials

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The Senate also recommends that Wally Sombero, the alleged associate of Chinese tycoon Jack Lam, be charged with plunder and corruption of public officials

CHARGES. The Senate recommends bribery and plunder charges against two former Immigration commissioners involved in the BI bribery scam. Rappler lile photos

Senate reprimands Aguirre for private meeting with Jack Lam

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The Senate says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II was 'less than prudent' when he met with individuals who turned out to be allegedly involved in bribery

Sen. Gordon with voluminous documents Photo by Angie de Silva

PH can earn big with Chinese call centers, says Sombero

Jan 14, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Wally Sombero, a self-proclaimed online gaming expert in the middle of a bribery scandal, says he wants President Rodrigo Duterte to understand the potential of Asia's growing online gaming industry

HOT SEAT. Wally Sombero arrives at the Senate on February 16 to attend a Senate probe. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

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Ombudsman indicts ex-immigration execs for plunder

Oct 27, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Wally Sombero, alleged middleman of gambling tycoon Jack Lam, is also indicted for plunder in connection with the Bureau of Immigration corruption scandal

EX-IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL. Former immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino faces the Senate probe into alleged corruption at the Bureau of Immigration in January 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ex-BI officials in Jack Lam bribery avoid plunder with missing P1,000

Oct 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The two former Immigration deputy commissioners, Michael Robles and Al Argosino, are fraternity brothers of President Rodrigo Duterte and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Ex-immigration commissioners withdraw complaint vs Jack Lam

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Al Argosino and Michael Robles say the complaint turned out to be based on mistaken assumption or interpretation of facts and circumstances

IMMIGRATION SCANDAL. Gaming tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribing Immigration Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles. But the commissioners are now moving to withdraw their complaint. Photo from Jimei website

'Mas magaling ka pa sa scriptwriter ng Game of Thrones': Aguirre grilled in Senate for fake news

Aug 31, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II defends himself by saying he receives reliable information which are the basis for his media statements

GRILLED. DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is grilled for his questioned media statements during the Senate hearing of the DOJ's 2018 budget on August 31, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

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Mar 09, 2017 - 9:52 PM

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Gordon clears Aguirre, Jack Lam, Sombero in BI corruption scandal

Mar 09, 2017 - 5:28 PM

After 5 hearings the Senate blue ribbon committee chaired by Senator Richard Gordon ends its probe into the Bureau of Immigration scandal saying it involved extortion not bribery

Senator Richard Gordon during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearin regardin the alleged bribery scandal in Bureau of Immigration at Senate on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

LIVE: Senate hearing on Jack Lam and the Bureau of Immigration

Feb 16, 2017 - 5:08 PM

Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribery and economic sabotage by the Duterte administration

Pacquiao admits Wally Sombero is longtime friend

Feb 14, 2017 - 5:01 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao also says he met Jack Lam at the Chinese tycoon s golf course

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Aguirre: 'Not my fault immigration let Sombero leave PH'

Feb 14, 2017 - 12:48 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he did not issue an Allow Departure Order to the middleman of Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam

SOMBERO RETURNS TO PH. Retired police general Wally Sombero returns to Manila from Vancouver on February 14, 2017, at the NAIA Terminal 2. Photo by Edwin M Llobrera/Rappler

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Feb 09, 2017 - 9:11 PM

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Aguirre allowed Jack Lam's middleman to leave PH

Feb 09, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente says Wally Sombero left the country without any questions asked as there was no alert when his passport was scanned at the airport

Aguirre to Pangilinan, De Lima, Trillanes: Sorry

Feb 01, 2017 - 8:24 AM

The justice secretary earlier accused Pangilinan – along with De Lima and Trillanes – of offering immunity to immigration officials to pin him down in the Jack Lam bribery case He concedes it is hearsay

'SORRY.' Justice Secretary Vit Aguirre during the first hearing on the Jack Lam bribery case. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

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In this file photo, a Lao police security stands guard at the entrance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Senate BI bribery probe: 3 hard questions for Aguirre

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:36 AM

The 1st hearing on the bribery scam in the Bureau of Immigration leaves more questions than answers as senators try to uncover the extent of the involvement of the justice secretary

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Jan 23, 2017 - 10:47 PM

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Senate strips Trillanes of power to probe Bureau of Immigration

Jan 16, 2017 - 6:58 PM

It s the 2nd time that senators removed power from a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte to investigate controversies

POWERLESS. Senators, voting 14-7, removed power from Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to investigate the Bureau of Immigration, including proposals to overhaul it

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Jan 10, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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De Lima wants Senate probe into BI bribery scandal

Jan 10, 2017 - 9:17 AM

The senator says anti corruption laws should be revised to deal with cases of favoritism citing the two fraternity brothers of President Rodrigo Duterte who have figured in a corruption scandal at the Bureau of Immigration

PEZA to Duterte: We're not engaged in online gaming

Dec 23, 2016 - 9:41 PM

PEZA chief Charito Plaza reacts to the President s allegation that the one who gets appointed to PEZA he gets about P300 billion selling the umbrella type of license

SOLE AUTHORITY. Only state-owned and -controlled Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) has the authority to grant e-gaming franchises. Photo by Aya Lowe/Rappler

Aguirre unhappy with Morente's explanation of missing P20M

Dec 22, 2016 - 4:03 PM

Retired police senior superintendent Wally Sombero turns over to the Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday December 22 P2 million

PROBE ORDERED. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II holds a press briefing in Malacañang on November 16, 2016. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Duterte orders closure of 'all online gaming' firms

Dec 22, 2016 - 3:33 PM

UPDATED The President makes the statement 4 months after he indicated he was willing to give the online gaming industry a chance

President Duterte. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

Duterte sacks 2 immigration deputy commissioners

Dec 17, 2016 - 2:42 AM

Deputy Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles are President Rodrigo Duterte s fraternity brothers

'YOUR FIRED.' For the first time, Duterte orders the dismissal of officials he himself appointed. File photo from PPD

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DOJ issues lookout bulletin vs 2 immigration officials, 5 others

Dec 16, 2016 - 4:21 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says this would ensure the availability of every person of interest in the NBI investigation

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Drilon seeks BI overhaul amid corruption scandal

Dec 16, 2016 - 12:34 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon files Senate Resolution No 256 days after two immigration officials admitted receiving P50 million from gambling tycoon Jack Lam

REORGANIZATION. Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon files a resolution seeking for a reorganization of the Bureau of Immigration, which has been long plagued with corruption issues. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

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Dec 14, 2016 - 11:38 PM

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Aguirre sacks BI intel chief over extortion scandal

Dec 14, 2016 - 10:26 AM

UPDATED Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II fires retired police general Charles Calima Jr after he was implicated in an alleged extortion case involving other immigration officials

JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III fields questions from reporters at a news brieifing. File photo from Presidential Photo

P50-M extortion? Lam tried to bribe us, say immigration officials

Dec 13, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Two immigration officials accused of extorting P50 million from the Macau based gaming tycoon claim that they took the money as evidence of corruption but were framed up

NBI to probe Lam's 'payoffs' to immigration bureau

Dec 11, 2016 - 5:25 PM

We will leave no stone unturned and there will be no sacred cows Corruption of any kind has no place in the DOJ family it has no place in government says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he is optimistic that the Anti-Money Laundering Council will be faster in releasing documents on suspected drug lords during a press briefing in Malacañang on November 16, 2016. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

Duterte: Jack Lam wants to return to PH

Dec 08, 2016 - 5:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte lays down the conditions for the gaming tycoon s return among them voiding an old contract that allowed Lam to pay lower taxes compared to other locators in Clark Freeport

BRIBERY AND ECONOMIC SABOTAGE? Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam tried to bribe him. Photo from Jimei website

Police guard Fontana casino after shutdown

Dec 06, 2016 - 2:35 PM

Policemen have been posted at the casino to ensure that no casino gambling operation will continue and that possible evidence shall not be concealed destroyed or taken out says the CIDG Region 3 chief

CLOSED. The casino at the Fontana Leisure Park and Casino has been shut down since December 4, 2016. Photo from the official Fontana website

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Macau's top gambling tycoon: Who is Jack Lam?

Dec 05, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribery and economic sabotage by the Duterte administration

DOJ: Arrest Jack Lam upon return to PH 'if warranted'

Dec 05, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II warns about the strong possibility that the Chinese gaming tycoon may place himself beyond the reach of Philippine law

IMMIGRATION LOOKOUT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II orders the Bureau of Immigration to monitor Chinese gaming tycoon Jack Lam's entry into and departure from the Philippines. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Jack Lam left PH ahead of Duterte order – BI

Dec 04, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Meanwhile Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says there is no need for an arrest warrant against Lam for him to be nabbed

RIGHT TO TRAVEL. The Bureau of Immigration clarified guidelines on the need to prove financial capability before being allowed to travel abroad. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Duterte orders arrest of gaming tycoon Jack Lam

Dec 03, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa calls on the public to provide authorities with any information on the gaming tycoon s whereabouts

BRIBERY. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the arrest of Jack Lam 'for the case of bribery and economic sabotage,' says PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa. File photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo